Bloganuary: What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

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Day 10. People often think about the things they don’t have. Instead, you should be grateful for what you have. What might be thankful for some might be ungrateful for someone else. Finding 5 things for being grateful for today can be easy or not. For me, the first three is easy, but let’s see if I get five together.

  1. Born and raised in Finland

I’m grateful to have been born into a country like this. We have great nature, which is something not many people have. We also have 4 seasons, so you don’t get bored. Our school education system is easy to understand. When I was in school, it was 9 years. You don’t need to go to high school. You can get a job even if you haven’t. There are a lot of different ways to get an education. The country is the least corrupted country in the world. You don’t have to fear expressing your opinions. No country is perfect. Everyone has problems. But I wouldn’t want to live in another country. Here you can feel safer than in other countries, and I hope it stays that way.

2. My parents

I had terrific parents. They were always supportive. I could be what I wanted to be. They didn’t expect me to become something they wanted. I could always talk to them. I was very close to my mother, so it’s was a very sad moment when she died of cancer in 2013. She was always worried about me. Sometimes a bit too much. I could ask for her advice, and she helped me with my concerns. Sometimes I miss that. My dad doesn’t know about those things. But he’s good at other things. I’m grateful he’s still around. I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s his time to go.

3. Knowing languages

I’m glad I can speak and write in more than one language. If I didn’t know English, life would be difficult for me. I couldn’t write this blog, and I couldn’t watch TV without subtitles. That’s another thing that is great in Finland. We have subtitles on movies and TV shows. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why Finns can speak English so well. Also, because it’s being taught in 3rd or 4th grade in school. I wish I could talk more than 3 languages, but it’s pretty challenging to learn more. I can say a few words in some languages, but I couldn’t speak with a native.

4. Health

I’m never ill. I’ve always been in good health. If I have the flu, it’s usually mild. Sometimes I have a little sniffle, but that passes a few days later. I can’t remember the last time I had flu with a high temperature. During covid, I haven’t had anything. I keep away from people anyway, so I can’t catch any. I definitely don’t want covid. I’ve had 2 vaccines, but still, I should be careful. I guess I have an excellent immune system, or maybe it’s natural. I really hope it will stay that way.

5. Modern technology skills

I’ve used a computer since late the 1990s. I also have a diploma in computers. I know how to use modern technology, but I couldn’t programme it or anything like that. I’m just an average user. I’ve used it for so many years I don’t think I could be without it. I keep learning every day. I couldn’t teach people how to use computers, but I can always help. I’ve used a PC and a Mac, so both are familiar. I use a computer for everything I do. It’s so much easier. I prefer computers to mobiles. Even if I use that too. When you go somewhere, a mobile is useful. But I don’t stare at it while walking like someone do. Technology is a tool and not something that controls you.

So that’s all 5 grateful things. It wasn’t that difficult. I could have mentioned more than 5. But that is for me to know, and you to find out. Gratefully.

Overtime you learn

I bought a Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet so I could draw better on the computer. With a mouse, it’s more difficult. So far I’m totally happy with it. It is easier to draw. I have now drawn every day since I bought it which was last week. Overtime (wordplay) you learn to get better at it. Of course, you still need a mouse with all the commands and all. Unless you become an expert and only need the pen. I have the smallest tablet. There are 2 bigger sizes but this small version is easier to hold. It also works wirelessly. I think you have to charge the battery but the pen doesn’t need any of that.

I thought about which one to buy. An Ipad or this one but I didn’t want to download the Adobe programs on the Ipad again so I decided to buy a graphics tablet instead. It would be easier to draw if there was a picture on the tablet. Now you have to look at the computer screen where the lines are. You also need to use the pen up in the air above the tablet when you search for things on the computer screen or you can draw something by mistake. It’s a bit difficult to explain but I hope you get my drift. There are different versions of graphics tablets. I don’t need anything fancy because I’m just an average user. They say the Intuos Pro Small is good for beginners so that was one of the reasons why I bought it. And it was on sale. I wish I had this when I studied graphic design last year. Maybe I could have got better grades when we had illustration on the agenda. So far I’ve only used it in Photoshop but it’s best when you want to draw something by hand.

Some things are easier to draw with a normal pencil though. Especially if the drawing is complex. Not that I ever draw complex things. I don’t know what’s better, to draw on paper first and then scan it on the computer or draw with the tablet straight to the computer. Either way, when you draw, sketching with a normal pencil first is helpful. Especially when you plan what to draw. I won’t become an illustrator though. I’m not that good anyway. I just draw for fun. At least for now. Having this graphics tablet is a good way to practice drawing and it saves paper too.